I hope the holiday season has been good and safe for everyone!!
My horses are looking great and are very healthy thanks to Kaeco Products and their great line of equine supplements.
I have some exciting news about my shoulder; I get to return to roping after March 7th, 2013 which is 2 months sooner than what I had originally thought!! That is the best gift I could get for Christmas this year! I cannot wait to resume my life of riding horses and roping calves. I have a new colt waiting on me to begin training as a calf horse and I also am undertaking the training of a mule, which will be a first for me. From what I understand, they aren't much different than horses. Everyone tells me that I will love working with them. My game plan is still the same as if it was a horse; get the mouth soft and responsive to the bit before I crawl on. I do that by lots of flexing and setting their heads so they learn to give into pressure.
Well, I wish everyone a Happy and safe New Years and that 2013 is a blessed year for all!!
Ever since I was a little girl, participating in junior rodeos, my Dad convinced my brother and I to read books that required the reader to participate in “mental games.” The goal was to learn and utilize visualization skills to assist in making us tougher competitors in the sport that we loved so much, Rodeo! At that time, it truly gave me a better competitive edge against the other 13 year old contestants. As time went on, I thought I had it “all together” and started to slack on the visualization techniques I had learned through these books. I began to lose my mental toughness. I am a firm believer that an athlete’s mental mindset accounts for 90% of the outcome in a sporting event.
Now that I have undergone surgery and am forced to take a break from riding horses and competing in rodeo, I use those visualization skills to keep in a “competitive state of mind.” I visualize what it will feel like to go to the National College Rodeo Finals next year, to compete and win. It’s important when you visualize to take deep, even and steady breaths; it helps me to visualize little details. Visualization takes me to the arena getting ready to make the run of a lifetime. Little things, like the color of the calf or the size of the box and roping chute or the background of the arena when you’re first walking in. Every little detail can be added just making it seem that much more real, my heart even starts beating a little faster after I have visualized for a few minutes.
Even now after 10 weeks off horses back and not swinging any ropes, I can still visualize and feel my horses when their heart beats faster in the corner or the feel of their muscles exploding with everything they have when I ask them to go. Visualization is an amazing and powerful thing that can really help in athletic competition or even in everyday life!
“Jacquelyn sustained a shoulder injury, in August of this year, which required surgery. This injury will sideline her from rodeo competition for several months.
She will continue to update her blog with articles regarding visualization training and her perspective as a horse trainer and student athlete in the sport of rodeo”
I am back in LA, spring break is over sadly, but the semester is almost over with .....thankfully. Salado didn't go as well as I had hoped. The goat tying was especially bad but I did have an okay breakaway roping. I was a 2.1 in the second round and got second in that round made enough money to pay my entries so that helps. And my parents got to come down so it was great to see them! I believe my Dad is going to email you some pictures he took, he loves his camera.
I have a college rodeo this weekend in Hillsboro TX; if I do good there I still have a shot at the College finals. Rodeo is crazy and anything really can happen, so I haven't given up yet on my goal of making it to the college finals my freshman year in one of the toughest regions.
My horses look great! Better than they ever have! They truly shine and glitter in the sunlight and are as soft and as a babies bottom.
Thanks so much!
I had a great rodeo at the Texas A&M Kingsville College Rodeo; March 10, 2012 ............ won the All Around Cowgirl!!! March 27, 2012
Well my rodeo at didn't go quite as well as Kingsville, I was 3rd in the first round in the goat tying and made it back to the short go but drew the wrong goat and didn't anything done. But that is rodeo for you!!
I did get to use the Kaeco Calming Oral Gel and it seemed to work really well! The horse was still alert and awake, but calmed down to where she could control herself. Usually when she goes to new places she tries to buck, and you can tell its' just because she is stressed out and doesn't know what else to do with herself. I really like it!
I am going to Stephenville this weekend to rope with a woman who has won a lot of ropings and she is going to help me out. Then over Easter weekend I am going to Salado TX for Joe Beavers annual roping. I'll keep you updated how it goes.